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House Episode: "Epic Fail"

Season 6, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: House leaves the hospital and tells Cuddy that he's making major changes in his life. At the hospital, Foreman wants House's job but is having trouble with a case involving a video-game designer who posts his symptoms on the Internet, and takes treatment suggestions offered by online correspondents over those offered by the team. This development upsets Foreman and threatens his relationship with Thirteen. Dr. Darryl Nolan: Andre Braugher.
Original Air Date: Sep 28, 2009
Guest Cast Rick Wasserman: Vince Barry Pearl: Dr. Paulson Brett Gilbert: Roy Andre Braugher: Dr. Darryl Nolan Freda Foh Shen: Cecile
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Season 6, Episode 3
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Length: 12:25:35
Aired: 9/28/2009
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House Episode Discussion: "The Tyrant" Season 6, Episode 3

On this week's episode of House, James Earl Jones guest-stars as a merciless African dictator who is brought to Princeton-Plainsboro after falling ill. The team must decide if they should help him, despite his crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Wilson wants to end a feud with a neighbor, but a prying House gets in the way.

At the start of the episode, we meet this week's patient, President Dibala, who is served a civil subpoena for genocide, crimes against humanity and torture. But within seconds of receiving the documents, he begins to vomit blood everywhere and is brought to Princeton-Plainsboro. We soon learn that Dibala is a merciless African leader. Cameron and Chase are called in to temporarily help in the absence of Taub and Thirteen, but Cameron is reluctant to help one of the most repressive dictators in the world.

The Old Team Reunites
Foreman, Chase and Cameron walk into their think-tank room to find House sitting there reading Dibala's file. House delivers the best line of the night: "Oh my God, it's three years ago. Does that mean I'm still crazy?" He tells Foreman he's still in charge, but is just there to lend a hand. Of course, he chimes in when Foreman jumps to the malaria conclusion.

The two go to see Cuddy, and Foreman is pissed House is back considering he just fired his girlfriend when he thought he was going to be boss. Cuddy says House can't take charge since he doesn't have his license, but she still wants him involved.

Foreman goes running to Thirteen's apartment with his tail between his legs and offers her back her job. And, of course, she shuts the door in his face. She does, however, come around when he uses his pull to get her an interview at another hospital and the two have dinner. But Foreman puts his foot in his mouth yet again when he says if given a redo on the situation, he'd still make the same decision (as opposed to step aside himself). He's really good at this game.

The Treatment and Moral Dilemma
Right off the bat, Cameron is very curt with Dibala, but still does as she's told and participates in the brainstorming sessions. House brings up Lassa fever and uses his charming sarcasm to make his point. They begin treatment.

Cameron is called in to Dibala's room where she finds a young woman from Dibala's country. She says she will donate her blood to Dibala since she is a survivor of Lassa fever and thus her blood would effectively treat the condition. Cameron says she won't use the blood because she believes the woman is being coerced into doing it. But there's nothing she can do since the woman signed a consent form.

Chase is paid a visit by a man posing as a patient and begs him not to save Dibala's life because of the impending genocide he is planning. Chase tells him he's not at liberty to discuss other patients and leaves. Chase later sees the man in scrubs going towards Dibala's room where he tries to shoot the president. He runs after him and finds the man getting his head bashed in by Dibala's security.

The team gets back to brainstorming after a new symptom arises and Foreman comes up lymphoma. House begins to play devil's advocate — charades style. But when Foreman tells him it's not up for debate, House admits defeat and mentions to Foreman to shut the blinds on his way out. But wouldn't you know that on the other side of the blinds are the words "Lymphoma, Tada!!" written in big bold letters. He knew all along, but just enjoys making Foreman suffer.

Chase talks to Dibala about rumors of his planned massacre. Dibala says he's not causing a genocide, but is trying to prevent it by imposing order. He also admits that his youngest son, who is attending school in America, hasn't spoken to him in years because of what he read in the American papers. Dibala does take blame for creating a league of young men to become abusive killers who know no boundaries. But he also adds that it will never happen again.

The team has another brainstorm session after Dibala starts to exhibit memory loss. Foreman wants to treat him for blastomycosis. House says it's scleroderma. But House says if they treat wrong, it will send the disease into hyper-overdrive. House says he'll get Cuddy to make the call, but Foreman shuts him down and says it's his department, his decision.

Cameron is about to give Dibala an injection and he grabs her for suggesting she was trying to inject an air bubble into him. Obviously she doesn't, but Chase is not happy he grabbed his wife. Chase asks again if he's planning a massacre, and Dibala tells him not to ask questions he doesn't want the answer to. But when Chase says he saved his life and deserves to know, Dibala says, "Whatever it takes to protect my country." The answer is now clear for Chase.

Somehow, Cameron has changed her tune about saving Dibala and wants to prove House is right about scleroderma. Cameron convinces Foreman to switch his diagnosis based on a new test and treat with steroids. They being to treat, but Dibala flatlines. They try to bring him back but it's no use.

House vs. The Cranky Neighbor
House notices Wilson is not using garlic in is Chicken Florentine, nor is he wearing shoes. He beats the floor with his cane, only to hear the neighbor beneath beat on the ceiling right back. Wilson admits the neighbor, who's on the building's board and is a scary, one-armed vet, was complaining of excess noise and smells since House moved in.

House tries to pry, and snoops around to figure out who the man is. He sees him at the mailboxes and the man turns out to be a total jerk (even unprovoked by House's smart mouth). House does some research and is convinced he's not a war vet and confronts him after he sees a Canadian flag hanging on his the wall.

The man is livid and not only threatens to press charges for House entering his home, but he also tells him he's not lying about being a vet because for the past 36 years, he still has the same pain he felt when he was holding onto the young boy he was trying to save from a land mine before his arm was blown off.

The man tells Wilson he's pressing charges unless House leaves and House takes matters into his own hands. He breaks into the neighbor's home, drugs him and ties him up. House pulls out a box with two holes and divided by a mirror which makes it appear as though both arms are there. House tells the man to clench his fist, and after some time, he tells him to release. Somehow this mental trick releases the man from the pain he felt from holding on for 36 years. The vet calls Wilson and says he will no longer press charges if House stays.

The Kicker
Foreman is distraught about losing a patient and goes to morgue to rerun the antibody test to see if he was right in the first place, or just too late. He can't get by the armed guard, but does find Chase's name on the morgue sign-in sheet just before he ran the test on Dibala early that morning. Foreman confronts Chase, saying there was a woman in there who died from scleroderma and suggests Chase took her blood to mess up Dibala's test and thus forced them to treat for the wrong disease. Chase fesses up and says Dibala was going to kill a hundreds of thousands of people. He also adds that if Foreman rats him out, Dibala becomes a martyr and the massacres begin. But all Foreman can say is, "Do you really think you could kill another human being without any consequences for yourself?"

"No," says Chase.

The final scene shows Dibala's son crying over his father's body, a visibly distraught Chase lying down next to Cameron and Foreman lighting the sign-in sheet on fire.

Now that's a heavy episode. What did you think?

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On this week's episode of House, James Earl Jones guest-stars as a merciless African dictator who is brought to Princeton-Plainsboro after falling ill. The team must decide if they should help him, despite his crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Wilson wants to end a feud with a neighbor, but a prying House gets in the way.

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